Today the New York Times reports that charter school teachers are younger, on average, than traditional school teachers. While charter school teachers have an average of two to five years experience, teachers in traditional schools have close to an average of 14 years experience.
Charter schools see the youth of their teachers as a desirable quality.
Yesterday, the news broke that the U.S. Department of Education meant what it said last summer, when it told Washington state to rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill, SB 5896. Because lawmakers did not do so, the federal government has now declared Washington’s one-year waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements at “high risk” of not being renewed.
I said it last summer, and I’ll say it again. The federal government has a lot of nerve.
On July 10 and 11, the 15 member State Board of Education, led by Chairman Jeff Vincent, voted to weaken Washington’s School Achievement Index, as reported here and here. Members have decided to shift the weight of the assessment of school performance from whether students are actually learning at grade level, to m
On Friday, July 12, Highline School Board Director Susan Goding wrote a short article against allowing charter schools, “Authorizing charter schools makes no business sense for school districts.” You can read the article here. This article is a clear attempt to discourage implementation of the new charter school law.
On July 1st, Spokane Public Schools was the only district in Washington state to submit an application to become a charter school authorizer for the 2014-15 school year. Responsible for the education of 28,738 students, Spokane Public Schools is the second-largest district in Washington. With this decision, Spokane has become the state’s most progressive, forward-looking district in the state.
Monday, July 1st was an important date in the implementation of Initiative 1240, the voter-approved measure that legalized charter schools for Washington school children. That was the deadline for interested school districts to submit an application to the State Board of Education to become a charter school authorizer.
The Washington Education Association launched its long-anticipated legal attack on charter schools today. Lawyers for the powerful public-sector union filed suit in King County Superior Court to overturn voter-approved Initiative 1240. If successful, the lawsuit would deny access to charter schools to Washington school children.
The bi-partisan education reform bill, SB 5946, sponsored by senators Dammeier (R-Puyallup) and Frockt (D-Seattle) would direct more funding to the classroom to educate children, with a specific focus on early reading, the Learning Assistance Program, training new teachers, online learning and keeping kids in school. Opponents of the bill, led by the powerful WEA union, do not like any limits on their control over where the money goes within the education bureaucracy.
Yesterday, Katherine Long of The Seattle Times writes an informative report on how college tuition hikes are putting the squeeze on middle-class students. She describes how state cuts hurt students seeking to attend a public college or university. She reports on the plight of Ruth Ferguson, Elizabeth Pring, Christina Xiao, Josh Grandinetti and other U.W. students who are finding it hard to finance their education.
The National Council on Teacher Quality released its first annual report, “Teacher Prep Review,” a comprehensive evaluation of the quality of the colleges and universities that train the nation’s teachers. Using a four-star rating system, the Review assesses the 1,130 institutions that train 99% of schoolteachers.
The study finds that three-quarters of teacher-training institutions in the U.S. earned only two stars. Researchers found that:
As I reported yesterday, the State Board of Education has postponed its vote to weaken Washington’s School Achievement Index. The fifteen-member Board, led by Chairman Jeff Vincent, has decided to take up less controversial topics during its meeting tomorrow in Olympia. Click here to see the meeting agenda.
This Wednesday, June 19th, the State Board of Education meets in Olympia to discuss revisions to the School Achievement Index to reduce the rigor of the performance criteria used to evaluate schools, as I’ve explained here. Originally, they planned to vote on the revisions after taking public testimony.